Determination>Motivation

DETERMINATION>MOTIVATION

Having motivation is fantastic, but it comes with one caveat: it’s fleeting. We all know what this feels like. That feeling we get when we’re amped and feel like a superhero ready to take on the world, only to wake up the next day not feeling motivated to do much of anything. Imagine if the only time you brushed your teeth was when you were motivated to do so. Do you ever get motivated to do that? Looking in the mirror like “hell yeah lets wash these suckers!”. Probably not. You more than likely know that consistent brushing helps keep your smile pearly white, free of cavities and gum disease. So why is fitness any different? Especially when we all know how truly beneficial lifting and exercise is for the body in both the short and long term.


The major issue with fitness and health and depending on motivation is that there will inevitably be days where you feel completely unmotivated to go to the gym or eat healthy or whatever it may be. So, if you base your life around the expectation of being motivated you will have days where you choose to not execute on things you know are good for you simply because you don’t have that secret sauce of motivation. What’s different about determination? 

Being determined comes with the idea that your goals, both long term and short term, trump how you feel on a given day. Being determined means that when you lose that motivation to go to the gym, you’ll still make an effort to show up because you know that your goals depend on your consistent effort day in and day out. Know this: we’ve all been there. Those days when the gym, that walk, the healthy eating just all seem so lame and uninspiring. Those are the days when motivation is non-existent, and those are the days that we have to keep our determination close by. Being determined about what we’re doing gives us the power to push through the suck of some days and still make the right choice for the better of ourselves. 

How can you set yourself up for success then? Just saying a word doesn’t really do much right? Well the best I can think of is to have clear goals in mind. If that’s losing weight, building muscle, having a higher vertical jump, a faster sprint, or whatever it is, just make a choice about what it is that you want in the long run (say a year or more) and in the short run (this month/3 months). I’ll use myself as an example:  My overarching goal is to build a hell of an impressive physique. Almost like a video game character where every bar is maxed out in the skill tree of fitness. To do this I have three month workout plans that get broken into month long mini sections. Each month has a unique plan, but because it’s part of the three month plan, it has the same ultimate goal. What do I mean by that? 

Well, I just finished (at the time of writing this article) a three month MAPS Aesthetic program where the overall goal was muscle growth with a focus on my chest and back. The first month was the strength section of the program and was focused around low reps and high weight. Month two was the size section of the program that focused on moderate reps and moderate weight. The last month of the program was the sharpening phase which focused on high reps and low weight. However, each month built towards the overall goal of improving my aesthetics. It’s important to note that the overarching goal will also influence my eating habits. 

I know that because my goal was gaining, I had to be consistently eating in a surplus of all natural healthy foods on a daily basis or I’d never gain the muscle I wanted, or worse: I’d gain excess fat by eating too much. That'd be a chore to take off on the back end. This goal kept me dedicated to going to the gym everyday because I knew that if I messed up my lifting schedule it impacted the time I had to train and then the time I’d achieve my results.  

 This cannot happen or else my overall goal of filling up those skill bars like a video game will take even longer than I want it to. Next, my overall goal kept my eating in check because I knew if I was not mostly on point with the diet, all my efforts in the gym were for nothing. This ultimately helps put me to bed sooner as well because I know poor sleep will yield poor recovery which = no gains.

I hope my example helps people who need it understand how they might be able to structure their own lives. Notice none of my thought process included getting absolutely amped and motivated. It's a determined and focused spirit that I chose to act on every day whether or not I felt motivated to do so. This will hopefully become easier for you as you slowly introduce these concepts into your own life.

{I hope my example helps people who need it understand how they might be able to structure their own lives. Notice none of my thought process included getting absolutely amped and motivated. It's a determined and focused spirit that I chose to act on every day whether or not I felt motivated to do so. This will hopefully become easier for you as you slowly introduce these concepts into your own life.


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Randy Borruso

Certified Personal Trainer

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University of Connecticut for Biomedical Engineering


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